Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar and fomer President Marvin Krislov each issued statements of support for undocumented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. Their affirmations are consistent with the college’s legacy and ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Their messages embrace the spirit of the sanctuary campus movement and highlight Oberlin’s continued pledge to support undocumented students. Since 2012, DACA has allowed thousands of young people to work and study without fear of deportation from the United States, the country they have always known as home.
In a letter to the campus, President Ambar states, ‘‘We reaffirm our commitment to undocumented and DACA students at Oberlin College, in keeping with our long-standing policies on non-discrimination, privacy, and public safety.’’
Likewise, President Krislov earlier stated, “Our commitment to inclusion has always been, and will continue to be, a fight for justice in the face of social, political, and economic injustice. Undocumented students in the United States have organized with passion, courage, and determination to dismantle barriers related to immigration status on campuses and beyond.’’